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Nutshells #83 Feb 09

Nutshells #83 Feb 09

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December31
st
2008 saw the end of salary protection for teachers whohad Management Allowances and did not get Teaching and LearningResponsibility points. Many of these teachers will have continuedcarrying out the duties for which they were paid by their MA. These duties should now havebeen taken away from them.
No one should continue with duties for which payment hasceased. Don’t work for free!
 
On a related issue, several members have recently rung the office to ask if, as a result of being on theUpper Pay Spine, they can be asked to carry out extras duties. The answer to this is a very clear
“No”.
Payment on the UPS has nothing to do with extra duties, as the School Teachers Pay and ConditionsDocument (STP&CD) makes clear.If you are experiencing any difficulties about being asked to do work for which you feel you are not paid,please contact the us for advice—see page 4
 
THE 83RD EDITION FOR ALL PLYMOUTH TEACHERS FEBRUARY 2009
Independent of Government and not affiliated to any political party 
THE NUT: “
We work up to a standard not down to a price” 
R   E  G   I  O   N  A   L    M   E   M   B   E   R  S   H   I   P   A   W  A   R   D   2  0  0   7  /  8R   E  G   I  O   N  A   L    M   E   M   B   E   R  S   H   I   P   A   W  A   R   D   2  0  0   7  /  8R   E  G   I  O   N  A   L    M   E   M   B   E   R  S   H   I   P   A   W  A   R   D   2  0  0   7  /  8    W   i  n  n  e  r  :   J  o   h  n    L  e  o  n  a  r  d   W   i  n  n  e  r  :   J  o   h  n    L  e  o  n  a  r  d   W   i  n  n  e  r  :   J  o   h  n    L  e  o  n  a  r  d  —  —  —   P   l  y  m  o  u  t   h    N   U   T    P   l  y  m  o  u  t   h    N   U   T    P   l  y  m  o  u  t   h    N   U   T 
Don’t Work for Free!
COVER
The
amount of cover a teachercan be asked to do is limited bythe STP&CD. This year you shouldbe doing significantly less than the38 hours stipulated maximum asyour school gets ready toimplement the new rule, cominginto force in September 2009, thatsays teachers should “only rarelycover”.
Cover and PPA time
You 
must 
receive your minimum10% PPA time and this
must 
bewithin the normal teaching day.PPA time
must 
be timetabled,which means that
you are not being released from a class but that you do not have a class at this time.
Therefore, class-basedteachers should not have to doany preparation or follow-up workto enable colleagues to teach atthis time, and cannot be expectedto cover if they are absent.If this is an issue in your school—see page 4 for contacts.
Performance Management
In
 some schools teachers aregiven grades for classroomobservation as part of PM.
TheNUT believes there is no goodreason for this to happen.
It iscertainly not required by OfSTED.The following extract is taken fromthe Union’s website:
 
“The NUT is opposed to the use of lesson grading in classroom observation …The NUT believes that the use of grades for class- room observation neither provides constructive feed- back nor supports teachers. There is 
more on page 3...
 
ChristineBlower inPlymouth:see page 3
 
Tamarside and John Kitto community colleges haveannounced their willingness to seek academy status,supported by Plymouth University and the Church of England, without consulting staff, parents or the widercommunity. Secret meetings with business co-sponsorshave been confirmed by the HERALD. Plymouth CityCouncil believe they have to support these measures with-out the full realisation of the damage it would do to thewider community and the staff that work in them.
The so-called consultation process is reported as a requirement
before the controversial proposals go ahead 
. People understand that theonly way to get such schools approved is to deny the full facts to thestakeholders. One is that the national governors association, all theclassroom teacher unions and support staff unions strongly oppose thechange from community schools to unaccountable, privately runacademies.The departure of Tony Blair and Lord Adonis has not prevented thesepolitically-inspired schools from being imposed on their unsuspectingcommunities.They were originally proposed for failing schools in inner city areas.Plymouth has no failing schools so academies [or trusts] will notimprove the life chances of the communities they used to serve in theway envisaged. How do we know? By researching the current crop of academies to see how standards have “improved”. It is widely under-stood that most improvements are achieved by changing the intake of the students and widening the catchment areas. Parliamentarycommittees have investigated the value for money of theseindependent schools. They further show the often draconian changes tostaff conditions of employment—sometimes hidden during the earlystages, that only emerge after the academies have been set up.Much has been written about the cost of academes and how they fail toachieve their goals. A far better alternative is to allow the localauthority to retain control and support their communities by additionalfunding, smaller class size, more specialist staff—all these measuresare much more affordable and the schools would stay within the familyof Plymouth schools. A new school can be built without the need tobecome an academy—there are good examples in Plymouth and othernearby local authorities.Will the consultation allow a proper balanced debate? History tells usthat this is rarely permitted—a further example of the prejudicedposition academy seekers adopt—if they had nothing to fear theywould have the confidence to allow balanced information to bedistributed and expressed. Partial evidence is un-democratic. Creepingprivatisation and marketisation of education does not produce the out-come of a good local school for every child in every community parentsand teachers demand. More information from
www.antiacademies.org.uk
 
 
 Academies have reduced  maternity benefits,increased the length of  the school day and cut school  holidays—just thought you’d like to know...
There is nothing a trustschool can do that acommunity school couldn’tdo now. Whydeliberately add another layer of bureaucracy andremove communityaccountability? Newgovernors can join your Gov’ Body now thusretaining your communitystatus
Student teacher recruitment at MARJON
 
NUT Acting GeneralSecretary Visits Plymouth
In October Christine Blower, visited Plymouth andwas certainly kept busy. Christine spoke with NUTmembers at Plymstock School about the union’s paycampaign, visited the children of High Street Primary andaddressed public meetings at the Novotel and China House on theissue of academy and trust schools.Christine said:
“I think this is the first time I have ever visited Plymouth and it is lovely to be invited and made sowelcome!”
 
Public Meetings: Academy and Trust Schools
 Two more public meetings were held in October, jointlyorganised by the NUT, NASUWT, ATL, UNISON andGMB. These unions are united in their concerns about theeffect of trust or academy status on the pay and workingconditions of their members and the impact on studentsand the local community.Trust and academy schools are highly controversial andhave been criticised by the
National Audit Office
, the
House of Commons Public Accounts Committee,
andthe
MP’s Committee of Enquiry
amongst many others.One of the conclusions from the MP’s Committee of Enquiry wasthat:
“The enquiry heard repeated complaints from contributors of  rushed, flawed and manipulated consultation processes with a complete disregard for their views.” and,“The governors should also investigate how to incorporate a democratic ballot for parents and teachers within the consultation process.” 
 Meetings at the Novotel and China House were addressed byChristine Blower, Acting General Secretary of the NUT, JoRamsey of the NASUWT Executive, Phil Smith - local Secretaryof the ATL, Neil Harrington from UNISON and Katherine Darcyof GMB. Teachers, support staff, parents, local authority staff and school nurses attended the meetings and many concerns werevoiced at the lack of consultation occurring at some schools seek-ing a change of status.
High Street Primary
Between the pay campaign and meetings about academy and trustschools, Christine still foundtime to visit a very successfulcity primary school; HighStreet. Whilst at High Street,Christine met John Pengellywho had taught her daughterwhen he worked in London.
 
nothing in the new performance management procedures which says that lesson grading should be used.OfSTED makes it clear that its grades should apply to the over- all work of each school.The National Union of Teachers has received assurances from OfSTED that head teachers are not required and will not be expected to use the OfSTED grades for the purposes of class- room observation. Where lesson grading is introduced in schools,NUT members should contact their union office…” 
 
The NUT has published a PMPolicy which can be found on thewebsite:
www.teachers.org.uk
 The policy states that:
Teachers should haveno more than threeobjectives.
There should be nomore than three class-room observations forthe purposes of PM andthe evaluation of teach-ing and learning (oneobservation for PMalone) in any cycle.There should be noother “drop-ins”.
Observations and reviewsshould only be conducted bystaff with qualified teacherstatus.
Oral feedback shouldbe given as soon aspossible, and writtenfeedback within fiveworking days. No othernotes about theobservations should bekept.Please get in touch if you feel thesystem at your school isunreasonable.
Temperature too high?
High
 temperatures might not seemtoo much of a problem at themoment, but come the spring theywill be in a number of schools.Unlike minimum workingtemperatures, there is no hard andfast legislation regarding maximumtemperatures, but this doesn’t meanthere is nothing we can do. TheWorld Health Organisationstipulates that 24°C is the maximumtemperature at which most peoplecan work before they begin toexperience ill effects. As far as theNUT is concerned, anything above26°C is too hot. This is our line inthe (hot) sand.
The Union will also support members in situations where the temperature may be below 26°C but due to other factors such as poor ventilation making working conditions intolerable.
 
Moved schools? School namechanged? New address?Update your membershiprecords at HQCall 0845 300 1666
John Lynch meetsNUT A/GeneralSecretary ChristineBlower and below withJohn Pengelly. Above,Christine with JoRamsey, NASUWTExecutive member

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